Little Red House from Long Ago by frances robsonGood evening and come in for a visit. We have had another rainy late evening and early night and I love the sound of it on the roof. It is much needed and appreciated for our ponds were getting low and the fish really like the fresh water.
Today I had the privilege of cooking with 3 of favorite fall foods. I picked about 3 cups of peanuts off the plants, washed several times and boiled with a generous amount of salt. They are now done and soaking overnight in the salt water for me to eat tomorrow. You need to refrigerate them after about a day and you can freeze them for later if you like. This is a favorite Southern delight that many like although my husband does not. He loves them parched but not boiled. Not sure what his problem is but that's OK for it leaves more for me.
A friend brought me some sweet potatoes and I had some gala apples and I combined them like an applesauce. I cooked them in the crock pot and have put the recipe here for you to enjoy. To slice the potatoes thinly, I used the mandoline but you can slice them with a knife but they need to be really thin. For the orange juice I had to use the pasturized, bought juice for I didn't have any fresh ones but they would have been better but it still tastes good. I plan to use it as a spread for toast, a warm dessert with a little whipped topping on it or on a hot biscuit.
You can use it any way you would use sweet potato pie filling- pies, tarts or in casseroles. I am going to freeze it in 2 cup portions to use later. Try it an let me know what you think.
Crock pot Sweet Potato and Apple Sauce
8 cups peeled and thinly sliced sweet potatoes
8 cups peeled and thinly sliced apples
zest of 1 orange
2 tsps. Cinnamon
2 tsp. Apple pie spice mix
generous grating of nutmeg or ½ tsp ground nutmeg
1 cup orange juice
½ cup brown sugar
In crock pot layer the slices sweet potatoes and apples with the potatoes on the bottom layer. Sprinkle the cinnamon, nutmeg, and apple pie spice mix over the apples and pour the orange juice over the the apples and sweet potatoes. Grate the orange zest over the juice, cover and cook until tender. After the mixture is tender, stir in the brown sugar, cover and cook until done. Mash with with potato masher then beat with electric beater until smooth. Store in refrigerator or freeze.
Use as you would applesauce – spread on toast, dessert, or use as a pie or tart filling.
Use for a sweet potato casserole using your favorite recipe.
It is good and Roy even liked it although sweet potatoes are not his favorite. Next time I think I will put about 1 cup raisins in it and see what that tastes like.
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The Georgia Peach